Theo – 4 Months

I can’t believe our happy little buddy is 4 months old already!  He is so sweet and smiley.  He loves to coo and blow bubbles.  Theo has started grabbing and putting things in his mouth all of the time.  He loves to suck on his hands.  Not any finger really… just his fist.  When he’s not spitting up, he’s drooling like crazy.  I change his outfit and bibs multiple times a day because they get so wet.

Theo’s Four Month Stats
Weight:  13lbs 14lbs (21%) {Either he lost weight or my scale at home is horribly off}
Length:  25.25″ (62%)
Head:  41 cm (43%)

Theo’s Three Month Stats
Weight:  14lbs (weighed at home)
Length:  24.5″ (measured at home)
Head:  43 cm (measured at home)

Theo’s Two Month Stats
Weight: 11lbs 12oz (49%)
Length: 23″ (64%) (This could be incorrect, the DR’s office has 23″ recorded for his 1 and 2 month appointments and I know he grew between the two.)
Head: 39.25 cm (65%)

Theo’s One Month Stats
Weight: 10 lbs 10 oz
Length: 23″
Head: 37 cm

Theo’s birth stats are:
Weight: 7 lbs 1 oz
Length: 21″
Head: 34.5 cm

You can compare Caden’s four month stats here.

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Sleep:  Oh my goodness.  What a change since last month.  Since our weekly bible study wasn’t meeting for a few weeks because of Christmas and New Years I decided to ‘sleep train’.  It took several hard weeks but it was SO WORTH IT!  Theo now sleeps from 7:30ish PM to about 6/7AM.  If he wakes up at 6AM, I’ll feed him and put him back down.  If he wakes up at 7AM, we’re up for the day.

Toward the beginning of the month I was putting Theo down at every 1 hour and 15 minutes for naps, which I think he needed at that point in time.  I did that for about 3 weeks.  One day Brandon was putting him down for his nap and wasn’t watching the clock and he ended up going down after being awake for 1 hour and 45 minutes.  He slept SO LONG for that nap.  So, of course, we decided that maybe he needed to stay up a little longer.  I was really excited about that because that meant he would be going from 4 naps to 3.  Woohoo!

Regarding what we did for sleep training…  First of all, I don’t know how he knows the difference between day and night sleep.  Caden did not get this concept as soon as Theo did.  The only thing I did was nurse him after he woke up from his naps during the day (sleep eat play).  At night I would nurse him to drowsiness and then put him down awake (but drowsy).

For his naps, it was hard for him to learn to fall to sleep by himself since we had done naps for the first three months of his life in the ergo (because of his reflux).  We had read that breaking the carrier nap was the hardest sleep habit to break.  Greaaatttt.  It did take a few weeks of him crying himself to sleep and learning to self soothe during his wake ups due to his REM cycle (38ish minutes… Always!).  I questioned every decision I was making during his scream-fests at nap time.  But every day he cried a little bit less.  Now we’re to the point where he might wake up halfway through his nap and maybe cry for about 5 minutes but he’ll go back to sleep.  His naps are usually around 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes.

He is still sleeping in the Rock-N-Play but is rapidly outgrowing it!  I am really hoping to have him in his crib asap!  The problem is he still spits up and chokes he is laying flat on his back.  So I put a big throw pillow under his mattress so create an incline.  My mom and I are going to create two little triangles to go on his sides to keep him from rolling one way or the other.  Since he’s still swaddled we need something to keep him upright.

Eating:  He burps SO LOUD.  And his poops and farts are so loud!  Haha, he’s like a little man!  He is still solely breastfed and nurses every 3 hours during the day unless he sleeps past the three hour nursing mark.  I’ll just let him sleep til however long he needs to and feed him when he wakes up.  I talked to the pediatrician at his 4 month appointment and she told me that we should stick to the dairy/soy free diet that I’m on.  Honestly, I don’t feel very confident that she knows much about allergies.  I asked her if I should start introducing dairy or soy back into my diet and she said that most babies with reflux should just stay off of dairy…  ?  I don’t really remember reading that anywhere.  I need to do a little more research on that.  But regarding when we’ll be introducing solid foods, I think we’ll wait until 6 months and I’m thinking not to do baby cereals this time.  Still need to do a bit more reading on that but I’m not convinced that it adds that much nutritional value.  I did it with Caden because that’s what most of the people I knew had done so I didn’t question it or research it.

Poop:  I feel like it’s ridiculous to have a category for this but I did want to note it so that I remember.  He has started pooping every 5ish days around December 20ish.  I don’t remember Caden doing this and was really worried about Theo but I called the pediatrician and she said this is normal for some babies right around 4 months.  He doesn’t seem to be in pain or uncomfortable.  But he has HORRIBLE SMELLING gas. Haha.  A liittttleee embarrassing when we’re out (which isn’t often now because I’m afraid to mess up the progress we’ve made with his sleeping).

Nicknames: Seo {This is what Caden calls him and I will be really sad when he actually calls him Theo.  Sometimes I catch myself calling him Seo… maybe prolonging Caden’s incorrect pronunciation of his name. :) }

He coos like crazy.
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3-6 month clothes (some 6-9mo) but they’re getting kind of tight.

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Brother bath time! First bath together!

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Snuggles with Granny!

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First Sophie! He’s a fan. :)

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First Christmas as a family of four!

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DPa and CMa

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GMa

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Theo talking to his giraffe

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A rare tummy time :/ Being on his tummy causes him to spit-up a lot.

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Theo’s first Christmas!

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December 23 – I noticed he has started grabbing things putting them in his mouth. Could have started a few days before this date but pretty close.

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Sweet brothers

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Theo wearing his hat that Becky brought him back from Nepal!

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CMa and Theo

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Uncle Tyler and Aunt Sally! Just back in town from their honeymoon!

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We decided to start a new tradition… after dinner dance parties!

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Pediatrician appointments take sooooo looonggg. This was TWO HOURS after he was supposed to go down for his first nap.

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Caden loves to help.

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The boys testing out Theo’s crib!

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Caden – 2 Years – Part 1

{In this post I’m going to talk about what we did for Caden’s birthday.  I’ll do another post on a recap of everything between 18 months and 2 years.}

We had a really fun time celebrating Caden’s 2nd birthday.  We put Theo to bed before Caden so we could have a little alone time with the almost birthday boy.  When Caden’s first birthday rolled around, it wasn’t that big of a deal to me.  But turning TWO…  that seems so different!?!  I mean, I have a big kid.  He’s not a baby anymore.  :(

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Caden showing us that he’s one. For one last time.

I read Caden 'On the night you were born' and I definitely cried ALOT.  I could barely make it through to the end.

I read Caden ‘On the night you were born’ and I definitely cried ALOT. I could barely make it through to the end.

Last picture as a 1 year old!

Last picture as a 1 year old!

We woke Caden by dumping  a bunch of balloons on him in crib.  He was definitely a fan.  Sometimes he doesn’t wake up the happiest camper so it definitely could have turned out bad.

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Trying to show us two with his fingers.

Trying to show us two with his fingers.

Brandon’s parents came over to watch Theo so that we could take Caden out by ourselves.  We went to Chipotle for dinner (my first meal out at a restaurant in 3 months!!!).

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We had him yell "SUGAR" but he didn't know what that meant.  :D

We had him yell “SUGARRRR”.

After dinner at Chipotle we took him to Krispy Creme for his FIRST DONUT.  He LOVED it!

After dinner at Chipotle,s we took him to Krispy Creme for his FIRST DONUT. He LOVED it!

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SuGaR!!!

SuGaR!!!

After he landed in his sugar coma, we took him to look at Christmas lights.  We drove to the James center in downtown Richmond where there are a tooooon of reindeer (with lights) and a huge Christmas tree.  He was soooo excited when we turned the corner and saw the lights!

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He had an absolute blast.  We found a few houses that had their lights set to music and he was so excited.   That night after we put Caden to bed (at 10PM!?!  He normally goes to bed at 7:30, 8 if he’s lucky), I told Brandon that it was one of my most favorite days ever.  It really made us appreciate one-on-one time with him.  Even though that’s all we’ve had with him until 4 months ago, this time it was super special.

A few days later we had a “birthday party” for him.  I just really wanted to make him an Olaf cake.  I have to continue the Renata cake making tradition (My mom used to make crazy, awesome cakes for people).  I have a lot to learn.  We had DPa, CMa, Jordon and Granmama come over for dinner and cake.

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CMa, Jordon and DPa

CMa, Jordon and DPa

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Theo was here too!

Theo was here too!

I think he had a really great day.  Although with his birthday being so close to Christmas, he’s starting to think that he should be able to open presents on a regular basis.  Anyone who has a kid with a birthday super close to Christmas, I’d love to know how you celebrate their birthday.  So far his birthday has been combined with (or happens super close to) our Christmas celebration/get togethers which I am not a fan of.  I think it makes it less special for him and it makes is even more stressful for me because it’s one more thing to ‘get done’ in the middle of an already super busy/packed time.

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Theo – 3 Months

Theo is starting to be more alert and loves interacting with us.  He is so much fun.  I can already see how much Caden loves him and he loves Caden.  It is so sweet.  I can not wait until they can play together!

Theo’s Three Month Stats
Weight:  14lbs (weighed at home)
Length:  24.5″ (measured at home)
Head:  43 cm (measured at home)

Theo’s Two Month Stats
Weight: 11lbs 12oz (49%)
Length: 23″ (64%) (This could be incorrect, the DR’s office has 23″ recorded for his 1 and 2 month appointments and I know he grew between the two.)
Head: 39.25 cm (65%)

Theo’s One Month Stats
Weight: 10 lbs 10 oz
Length: 23″
Head: 37 cm

Theo’s birth stats are:
Weight: 7 lbs 1 oz
Length: 21″
Head: 34.5 cm

You can compare Caden’s three month stats here.

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Sleeping:  Theo slept 7 hours straight on November 30th but he usually sleeps about 3.5- 4hr stretches at night.   For naps during the day, he will only sleep in the ergo carrier and usually about 1-1.5 hours.  We tried his first nap in the Rock-N-Play (RNP) on Nov 30th and he slept 1 hour (swaddled).  On December 1, I started to think about sleep training him.  It was very overwhelming knowing where to start.  I love the flexibility of the ergo but I am trying to look at the bigger picture and create better sleeping habits for down the road.

The first few days of sleep training were awful.  He screamed constantly.  I wasn’t sure if I should let him cry and if so, for how long.  It was very nerve wracking.  I ended up letting him cry about 30ish minutes and if he was still crying after that, I’d go in and try to calm him.  The first few times I just talked to him and that didn’t work so the next time I tried picking him up until he calmed down.  I didn’t feel like we were getting anywhere.  The whole time I was timing when he fell asleep on the baby connect app on my phone.  When he did fall asleep, he would wake up every time at 38 minutes.  So then I decided I’d go in his room a few minutes before the 38 minute mark and put my hand on him so he’d feel some comfort.  That worked for five minutes.  Ha.  So then I positioned myself under his RNP and shushed really loud until he fell back asleep.  That worked for one nap.  So then I decided he just needed to cry.  And I made it through a few naps where he only slept 30 minutes each.  And I felt like we needed to reset, so I put the swing in his room.

I had read online that some babies need to be put down for their naps sooner.  I had been putting him down at 1 hour and 45 minutes after he woke.  So I started shortening his wake time.  I shortened it all the way to between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.  He did much better after that.  I even eased up on stimulating him.  I had been trying to entertain him with flashing lights, letting him grab/hold things, tickling him… He also seemed to show some improvement after I eased up on that too.

He has started to sleep about 6 hours give or take for his first stretch of sleep at night.  After that its about 2.5/3 hours for the next stretch.  I started putting him down for bed at night at 7:30PM, when I put Caden down. When Caden was Theo’s age, we would keep him up until we went to bed which was around 10/11.  And by keep him up, I mean we would just give him an extra nap and when we stirred, we’d get him and let him have about an hour of wake time until it was bed time.  Or we would just let him sleep on us downstairs.  It is so amazing to have time to myself at night and I think Theo gets much more and better quality sleep.

Eating:  Still nurses every 3 hours during day and on one side at a time.

Caden staring at his Seo.

Caden staring at his Seo.

I could not wake Theo up to feed him before I went to bed so we, I mean I, had a little bit of fun.  :)

I could not wake Theo up to feed him before I went to bed so we, I mean I, had a little bit of fun. :)

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potty doubling as a stool.  totes makes sense.

potty doubling as a stool. totes makes sense.

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Theo loves his brudda.

Theo loves his brudda.

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a nice peaceful bath...

a nice peaceful bath…

juuuust kidding.

juuuust kidding.  This is totally a representation of how things went between me and my older brother.  ;)

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Caden helping with “tuppy tine”.

Me and my dad on the left.  Caden and Brandon on the right.  :D

Me and my dad on the left. Caden and Brandon on the right. :D

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Brandon watched the boys for 4 hours so I could go out by myself *amazing* and

Brandon watched the boys for 4 hours so I could go out by myself *amazing* and this was little man’s reaction when he saw me.  Ahhh the best!

Post bath hair is the best.

Post bath hair is the best.

ergo naps...

ergo naps…

I leave the room for oooonnee minute....

I leave the room for oooonnee minute….

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such a ham

such a ham

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I need more cowbell!

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He was saying, “shhhh sweepin'”

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it’s a mommy/caden twofie

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I love this picture of him in my hat but what I love even more is that is shows what he does with his fingers.  He is constantly crossing them like that.  :)

I love this picture of him in my hat but what I love even more is that is shows what he does with his fingers. He is constantly crossing them like that. :)

I was walking out the door with both kids to go on a road trip and this happened.

I was walking out the door with both kids to go on a road trip and this happened. Noooot amused.

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too bad he never smiles…

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Caden sautéing his mushrooms.

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He picked out his own outfit.

He picked out his own outfit.

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Thanksgiving on the Wallis side

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silly cousins

Theo and uncle J

Theo and uncle J

Caden and D-pa

Caden and D-pa

Caden and C-ma

Caden and C-ma

I can't believe I'm posting this picture of myself but I had to document Theo's first win against UVA as a hokie!  Even if it was a horrrrrible game and season.

I can’t believe I’m posting this picture of myself but I had to document Theo’s first win against UVA as a hokie! Even if it was a horrrrrible game and season.

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3 month weigh in.

3 month weigh in.

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Ahhh this years Santa pic. So great.

2013 Santa pic on the left and 2014 on the right.  YES.

2013 Santa pic on the left and 2014 on the right. YES.

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